The Oakland Raiders embarrassed the Denver Broncos Sunday evening with a demoralizing 59-14 victory at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. The Broncos were unable to escape the early first half avalanche of points, as the Raiders scored 38 points in 22 minutes. They were led by a Pro Bowlesque performance by running back Darren McFadden who rushed for 165 yards and scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving fresh off his quick stint on the injured list. With McFadden back as the focal point on offense, the rest of the Raiders followed scoring 59 points, the most ever in franchise history.
For every Raider Nation fan, it was like the “The Perfect Game” you could only dream about against your most hated rivals. The first drive was a 9 play 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 43 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jason Campbell to tight end Zach Miller. On Denver’s first possession of the game, and on their first play quarterback Kyle Orton throws an interception to cornerback Chris Johnson who takes it to the house for 30 yards, giving Oakland a quick 14-0 lead. On the very next possession for Denver, on the first play again another turnover takes place as the Raiders sniff out an end around play with safety Michael Huff stripping wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Initially, Thomas was ruled down, but after a challenge by Head Coach Tom Cable, the play was overturned and three plays later McFadden walks into the end zone giving the Raiders a 21 – 0 lead with nine minutes to go in the first quarter. From that point on, the rest of the game was a foregone conclusion
The most satisfying aspect of Sunday’s game was that it was a total team effort. Campbell was efficient and threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns. They totaled over 300 yards rushing for the game, led by McFadden of course. The defense created turnovers, which led to points, which is always a huge plus in any game. The run defense was superb, holding running back Knoshown Moreno to 53 yards rushing and keeping the Denver running game in check for a total of only 75 yards. The pass defense held quarterback Kyle Orton, who came into the game with the second most passing yards in the NFL under 200 yards passing, making him dreadful at best throughout the whole ball game.
I can’t help but to think had the Raiders played like this against most of their opponents their record would at a least be 5-2, but I digress because Sunday’s victory is the type of victory that turns on a swagger switch that could immediately turn their season around and have them reaching heights they haven’t seen for quite a while in the Black Hole. As for now, the Raiders and Raider Nation need to enjoy this win for a couple of days and then get focused and ready for former AFC West tenant the Seattle Seahawks, who are flying 4-2 under new head coach Pete Carroll. Its like Cable said, this win doesn’t mean anything if you can’t build on it. Let’s see if this version of the Silver and Black has turned the proverbial corner.
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Written by Arthur Kai